Pedro Martinez Hosts Charity Event

Former Boston Red Sox ace and World Series champion Pedro Martinez headlined thePedro Martinez “Rally for 45 fundraisers”, speaking about he and wife, Carolina’s, charity the ‘Pedro Martinez Foundation’. The fundraiser was held at ‘Hurricanes’ bar in Boston, on Sunday, April 15th. All proceeds raised during the event will go towards Pedro’s charity.

The charity benefits children in the Dominican Republic, Pedro’s native country, by providing them with food, getting an education, job training and more. Pedro came to Boston, his “second home”, to speak to the media about his charity, before the Boston Marathon. A tradition Martinez and Carolina hold near to their heart.

“Well, you know, Boston to me is my second home,” said Martinez. “I’m trying to raise money with everything Boston does. The marathon is no exception. I was a runner myself when I was a player. I was a big fan of running. The Boston Marathon is part of the tradition and the culture in Boston.

‘Hurricanes’ had memorabilia at the event that was auctioned off. Notable memorabilia consisted of a signed Lionel Messi jersey, a framed autographed portrait of both Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, a “Boston’s Best” autographed photo of both Tom Brady and David Ortiz and much more.

Pedro Martinez Talks Charity and Baseball

Martinez spoke adamantly of how much Carolina has helped with the charity.

“The biggest reason why we have these kids do well in society, is because of her,” Martinez said. “She is the heart and soul with what we have done. She’s the one that’s always in the middle of it. Its like when you go into a fight in baseball, she’s the catcher. The one who has your back. the one that holds the guy low, so that he doesn’t hit you. That’s my wife.

Pedro spoke on what it’s like working with the kids involved in his charity.

“That’s our reward (on charity work)”, said Pedro. “To see these kids develop into better human beings, better men, better women in society, this is really why you make the effort to go the extra mile. You see them develop and become professionals.”

Martinez Thoughts on Red Sox

“I was glad to see the little fire between the two teams (Red Sox and Yankees), said Martinez. “It brings back memories of my time when I was playing in Boston. It was good to see us stand up in front of the Yankees and actually compete with them the same time.

Pedro seems encouraged with how the Red Sox have done under new manager Alex Cora.

“I’m extremely excited about the team has started. Between working early on in spring training, with all those guys. And to keep them healthy. That has been the biggest reason why we are off to a good start. I think the team has all the tools to compete with any team in the big leagues. And we are confident, if we stay healthy, we are going to be in it with everybody.

To find more information regarding the charity and how to get involved, visit www.pedromartinezcharity.com

Quotes credited to Pedro Martinez foundation “Rally for 45” charity fundraiser

Ryan and Jenny Dempster set out on a mission

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It seems as if little Riley Dempster takes after her father. She’s full of spunk, is a ball of energy and has enough perseverance to fight the odds. The little tyke was diagnosed with 22q Deletion Syndrome (DiGeorge Syndrome) at birth. After a long year and so odd months with a tracheotomy and gastronomy to feed her, Riley learned to breathe on her own. It was not long after in January of 2011 she was able to swallow despite what her doctors had said.  Her mother Jenny was right. She had convinced herself and her family that Riley would have enough fight in her to make a grave comeback. However, the doctors told the family Riley would have to live on the trach and g-tubes for the rest of her life.  Riley is currently a happy, healthy toddler doing toddler things like fighting with her siblings and playing in the playground exhausting her parents.  Although she will have to face other challenges along the road there is nothing she cannot handle.

Riley celebrated her 3rd birthday in April – with a pool party, of course! She is an avid swimmer now, and loves to plunge underwater – maybe she’ll be a marine biologist? She loves animals (especially her dogs), ice cream, and playing baseball (must run in the family.)

Riley was fortunate in that she was diagnosed with the ‘chromosome abnormality’ at a very young age and was able to receive the help she needed from health experts and professionals alike. But that’s not always the case. Upon this discovery Jenny and Ryan Dempster set out on a mission. After their child had been diagnosed with the syndrome they felt the need to teach others what they had learned along the road to recovery. As scared parents who had gone through a treacherous and long awaited couple of years they set out on a mission to teach and support others with 22q. Low and behold the Dempster Family Foundation was formed.

22q Deletion Syndrome is considered by many as a very rare diagnosis, but the reality is 1 out of 1,200 children have it. The problem is, doctors are not required to test for it therefore most cases remain undiagnosed.

Anyone interested in learning more about Jenny and Ryan Dempster can log on to their site, http://http://dempsterfamilyfoundation.org/ There you can learn about 22q, the foundation’s mission, more about Jenny and Ryan and their beautiful family including Riley and her story.  Also, make sure to sing “Happy Birthday” to Riley on April 1. She will be turning the BIG 4!